My postcards are taking no sensible order – my original intention was to have them in chronological order, but I keep discovering things that I forgot to slot in in the appropriate place! So the last postcard was from Rheims – Geux a couple of decades or so ago, and we are now travelling further back in time almost 20 years prior.
A drizzly summer day in the foothills of Snowdonia, low cloud and mist clinging to the tops of the hills. A group of us is walking from Youth Hostel to Youth Hostel in North Wales, having just finished school. The details of this particular day are lost in the mists of time, but I recall that it was to be a walk of around 15-18 miles that day. Looking at the OS map, we chose a route that would take us past some old mine workings. Two of the lads were good at translating the map readings to the terrain in front of us, which was handy given the weather conditions.
I always love that moment when traces of the past unfold in front of you…. That day, we rounded a bend in the road, and there was the main mine building:
We walked about the site past this building a bit, and I took a few photographs (film camera in those days, so not many images). I just wish I had taken more! There was so much wonderful old machinery lying about…..wasted opportunity as these places have either more or less disappeared, or been turned into over sanitised museums, alas. These images have deteriorated over time, but I have managed to get some reasonable results thanks to digital wizardry.
Continuing our walk, we were to find more old buildings, and I wish we could have stayed longer, but the weather was closing in a bit and we had a fair distance to walk…plus, I was the main person entranced by all this!!